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TEC is hiring!

The Energy Conservatory (TEC) has an immediate opening for a full-time Customer Service/Technical Support Representative.  Located in Minneapolis, MN, TEC designs and manufactures high quality performance testing tools  that are used to make buildings more efficient, healthy and durable.  TEC products and software are used extensively in the weatherization, HVAC, and home building industries to diagnose building performance problems and to certify in-field system…

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Added by Kim Tanner on June 26, 2015 at 8:19am — No Comments

New Florida Building Code Takes Effect June 30

The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission announced significant changes to the Florida Building Building Codes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated Florida Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later.

Now available, the …

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Added by Everblue Training on June 24, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments

Embodied Energy: Minimizing Waste with Off-Site Construction

Matthew Wadlund is adding infill housing stock to the Oceanview neighborhood of Berkeley, California, where he is replacing a single-family house with four single-family, three-story detached houses. The wall panels in Matthew's Oceanview Orchard homes are constructed off-site and craned into place, resulting in maximum material efficiency and near-zero waste. Tom White, Home Energy's publisher, spoke with Matthew about his decision to prefabricate wall panels…

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Added by Tom White on June 23, 2015 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life



The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The Universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of stories. I think that conferences are made of stories too, like the one I’m at this week, the National Energy and Utility…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on June 23, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Book Review—Green Building Illustrated

For those not familiar with “Ching books”, they’re essentially the gold standard for visual architecture reference and aid in the design process. Architect Francis D.K. Ching’s series of textbook-size volumes go through conceptual to intimate detail of design and construction for both novice and professionals alike. They’re commonly noted as the best and easiest-to-understand references for design…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 23, 2015 at 10:58am — No Comments

Getting Your Home Ready For Winter

Keeping your home in the perfect condition during winter is a tough task, but if you can plan it early, it might not seem that tough. Heating repair and boiler repair are some of the most crucial tasks that you have to take care of, since these are what would help you battle the freezing temperature and extreme weather conditions. If you are not quite sure exactly how you can make your home ready for the winter, here are some steps to follow –

  1. Service…
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Added by SmithWatson on June 17, 2015 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Controlling Heating and Cooling Costs in Vacation Rentals

Vacation rental properties account for 22% of the domestic lodging market.  Properties range from condominiums to detached homes and are predominantly located in coastal and mountainous regions.  While significant research and trade press…

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Added by Charlie Hewitt on June 17, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Earn 9 BPI CEUs at RaterFest! 2015

CEUs + Rocky Mountains + Amazing People = One Wonderful Weekend

You may have heard a while ago that RaterFest was accredited for 12 Rater, Trainer and QAD CEUs from RESNET. 

 

We are proud to announce that…

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Added by Hannah Finch on June 16, 2015 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Upgrade Heating and Cooling Systems

People have been buying heating and cooling systems since years. The best use of these systems could only be understood as the seasons change. The heating and cooling systems have now become a very necessary part of our daily life. With such amenities, we are getting more and more dependent on the modern technology. These systems are very delicate and need regular maintenance and care. However, most of the people overlook the importance of regular maintenance of their heating and cooling… Continue

Added by Nevada Heating on June 16, 2015 at 12:05am — No Comments

Examining Laser Measure Devices

Introduction

Measuring tools have come a long way ever since they were first developed. Distance measuring tools such as tape measure have in particular been improved over the years with the sole aim of improving on their accuracy and ease of use. Latest measuring tools…

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Added by Lars olsen on June 12, 2015 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Building a New Pool - Should I Install a Solar Pool Heater?

While few people will swim in the bad month or two we have where night temperatures approach freezing, many people expect to swim in their new pool year-round. When building a new pool your pool builder will inevitably as you how you want to heat it. Even here in Southwest Florida, pool heating is necessary to maximize your swimming…

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Added by Jason Szumlanski on June 12, 2015 at 5:59am — No Comments

Revisiting Heat Pump Water Heaters

Most of the recent trade press seems focused on tankless water heaters.  Whether used in whole-home or point-of-use configurations, tankless water heaters solve some of the efficiency problems associated with storage tank heaters.  While these systems are worthy of discussion,…

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Added by Charlie Hewitt on June 10, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Five Types of Solar Solutions for Homes in Tampa

Smart home owners know solar energy offers an economical power source with obvious environmental benefits, but the upfront cost of buying and installing a system keep many away from adopting this new technology. Tampa, however, is a city that has whole-heartedly adopted solar power and is doing everything to realize its full potential. Solar companies in Tampa are therefore offering a number of solutions for not just big commercial houses but also individual to fit every budget, thus…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on June 10, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Why Does India Need an Integrated Energy Policy?

For a country to have sustainable development that neither compromises on environmental values nor economic progress, it is necessary for it to have policies that make the best use of renewable energy sources available to it. Putting down an integrated policy is important so that investment and technological innovation is directed towards sustainable growth patterns. The article looks at what makes such a policy important for a country like India.

A recent article in the Economic…

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Added by Daina Martin on June 4, 2015 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Participate in a study on Healthy, Efficient new homes

Healthy Efficient New California Homes – Pilot Study
Study participants wanted. Receive up to $560.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seeks volunteers who will make their home available for a three-week research study. The pilot study will occur in July…

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Added by Wanyu Rengie Chan on June 4, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Smart Vent Scam: How can we stop this?

Smart Vent Scam: How can we stop this?

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/01/heating-vents-that-direct-warmth-where-you-want-it/index.htm

Look at this link. we all know that few systems can tolerate any more resistance created by smart vents or even partial closing of registers. LBL's paper on closing off vents to save energy, roundly…

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Added by Colin Genge on June 3, 2015 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Energy bills up? There may be humans in your building

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/

As you read this blog post, what room are you in? How’s the lighting? How’s the temperature? Do you control their levels — or is someone else, somewhere else, running the show? 



About 40% of energy use in the U.S. is consumed in…

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Added by Lester Shen on June 3, 2015 at 7:04am — 6 Comments

Survey - Healthy Efficient New California Homes Study

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a research study on new homes in California. We invite you to participate in this survey if you live in a: 

  • House or townhouse or duplex,
  • AND if your home was built in 2002 or…
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Added by Wanyu Rengie Chan on May 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Options for Energy Efficient Carports and Garages

Your garage can be one of the biggest energy drains in your home. Even though you may only spend a few minutes a day there, the amount of energy consumed at certain times of the day can be much higher than other rooms inside your home. Car ports use much less energy than a conventional garage for several reasons, some of which may surprise…

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Added by Tim Cohen on May 28, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

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